Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
There are specific Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requirements that must be met before pesticides may be applied to:
- state owned land,
- land leased by a state agency, or
- right-of-way managed by a state agency.
These requirements are specified in 18 AAC 90.640-650.
The agency that owns/manages the land is responsible for meeting the IPM requirements. That agency may choose to sub out this work to other agencies, contractors, etc., but the agency that owns/manages the land is ultimately responsible, and all work is done under that agency's IPM plan and oversight.
To initiate the IPM process, review and complete the steps outlined below.
- Submit an IPM plan to DEC via email to Karin Hendrickson. This is an example IPM plan (DOC). [18 AAC 90.645]
- Public Notification:
- Publish two notices in a newspaper at least 30 days before applying [18 AAC 90.640(b)]
- Unless the treatment area is a public place*, then post notices at the site prior to applying [18 AAC 90.630(a)]
- Or unless the treatment area is a school, then post notices at the site prior to applying [18 AAC 90.625(f)]
- Notify drinking water systems within 200 feet of treatment site at least 30 days before applying. [18 AAC 90.640(a)(3)]
- Notify DEC at least 15 days before applying by emailing Karin Hendrickson [18 AAC 90.640(a)(6)]
- Ensure all pesticide applicators are certified [18 AAC 90.640(a)(4)]
- Keep records of pesticide application and required notifications above (item 2, 3, and 4) [18 AAC 90.415(2)]
- If pesticide is applied to 20 acres or more in one year, post a report with information about pesticide use on the responsible agency's website [18 AAC 90.640(a)(8)]
IPM plans and associated requirements are not required under the following circumstances:
- Application to less than one acre of state land
- Application of antimicrobial pesticides (sanitizers) or personal use insect repellents, or
- Application of pesticides inside buildings or structures.
IPM requirements do not apply for application to water or by aircraft: these activities require a Pesticide-Use Permit.
Many agencies make numerous small pesticide applications to areas scattered across the state. If these pesticide applications are all similar, they are considered part of a single program or project. IPM requirements will apply if the total combined area is one acre or more. This is true if all applications of pesticides:
- Target the same pests;
- Are conducted in the same calendar year;
- Are conducted on the property owned/leased by the same agency;
- Use the same pesticide products;
- Use the same concentration of each pesticide (within 10%); and
- Use the same application methods.
*Public places defined in AS 46.03.320(c) include:
- common areas of an apartment building or other multi-family dwelling (e.g.lawns, outdoor recreational areas)
- publicly accessible areas of government offices or facilities (e.g. outdoor landscaped areas)
- plazas, parks, and public sports fields